NRL Rd 10  - Tigers v Broncos
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Xavier Coates of the Broncos looks dejected during the round 10 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval on July 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys are very aware of Xavier Coates' situation, with the Broncos winger off-contract and weighing up his options for 2022 and beyond, per The Daily Telegraph.

The Brisbane teenager was seen in Townsville last week, with the Cowboys playing a straight bat in not confirming whether Coates or his management had met with North Queensland representatives.

Coates had a sensational second season at Red Hill in 2020, making his Origin debut with Queensland in what was a stunning series win under Wayne Bennett.

Cowboys football boss Michael Luck said Coates was the exact type of player the club remain keen on to add to their rebuild.

“We know he is off contract and he is a wonderful player and we are always interested in players of that calibre,” Luck said.

“He is a wonderful young talent, he was great for the Broncos and excellent for Queensland in the State of Origin series.”

Coates has strong connections with the northern regions of the nation, being born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and growing up in Cairns.

Despite being in Kevin Walters' plans for the 2021 season, Coates will have plenty of options for his future with rival clubs able to discuss potential moves for the young winger.


  1. Kevvy and the brizzy boys seem to be making good calls and freeing up money.
    bye bye to Darius Boyd, Joe Ofahungue, Jack Bird and so on.
    Going to have to resign Coates, Riki and Deardon but have Milford and McCullogh.

    They should flip Issako and bring back Corey Allan for the fullback position.
    Then Id target Edrick Lee for the other position with him going off-contract, Josh Curran as a depth piece, then either Billy Walters or Lachlan Lewis as a possible future half.

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